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What do you think of the city’s donation meter designated to help the homeless?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 2, 2012

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Photo of Henry Johnson

“I think it’s a great idea, especially since places (that help the homeless) might be experiencing cuts right now; if it’s visible and I saw it here, I would be inclined to put my change in there rather than take it home.”

Photo of Jacob Skalko

“I think it’s great because the more convenient it is for people to donate the more likely it is they’ll do it.”

Photo of Roger Steele

“It’s a great idea as long as it’s secure and someone doesn’t rip it off. It would be great for loose change, especially if it had a coin sorter (for pennies).”

Photo of Rick Berger-Munson

“I think that’s a good idea as long it’s going to help the homeless community. There should be some kind of sign that makes it clear who and what the money is for.”

Comments

jimjones 1 year, 8 months ago

For the believers: What if it turned out that one of those asking for help was actually Jesus, but you won't find out until you're judged.

For the non-believers: What if it turns out that through the space-time continuum/ universe cross-over anomaly, that person asking for help is actually you?

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

♦anxiously awaiting the return of an iconic figure♦

who aren't no redneck neither.

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milkman_dan 1 year, 8 months ago

I try not to mix politics and food, but I like having my gizzard tickled

http://now.msn.com/funny-or-die-takes-on-chick-fil-a-controversy

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

"all the rednecks"

Kettle, meet teapot.

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pace 1 year, 8 months ago

While I will drop my change in the meter, I think donating to veteran organizations (be choosy) would help a significant portion of the homeless more effectively. If one didn't want to donate money, one could write to our Congresspersons or Senators, tell them to get their platitudes out of their mouth and put their vote up for support to the vets, with programs that encourage recovery, education, health, and community. Of designating tax money, there should be tax for the yellow ribbons, that money should go to the vets, rather than the corporations that sell those ribbons wholesale or retail. That money is not designated for any vet, it is all show and no go.

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Randall Uhrich 1 year, 8 months ago

It's a PC solution to deny direct help to people who may really need it. But, it does make the donor feel better about himself. $51 in 30 days is hardly worth it. That's a whopping $600 a year!

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

I was in Chicago last week. Could not walk down the sidewalk without tripping over a panhandler or musician. No meters though. Where is Spacehog when you need him?!

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree with the Argentine. That whole Chic fill A thing was nothing but a marketing scam and all the rednecks fell for it hook, line and sneakers.

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estafel 1 year, 8 months ago

Homeless people aren't noble savages. They're just as manipulative as the rest of us. Services, here in Lawrence, provide job and/+ education opportunities for those in need. Treatment, etc. I know this first hand. I believe in women's shelters, veteran care, treatment for all, etc. These meters tho? Stupid progressive facade. Waste of effort and money. Asking local businesses to harbor or sponsor donation meters in their structures would have been more intelligent, and would keep pigeons from hanging out on the bird feeders.

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UfoPilot 1 year, 8 months ago

When do we get parking meters for politicians? When the time is up, They have to leave.

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labmonkey 1 year, 8 months ago

I give money to the Salvation Army. Not only do they help out in disasters, but they also take people off the streets and put them to work while trying to help them get jobs in the real world. Plus less than 10% goes for administrative/overhead costs unlike that middle-man the United Way.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

Ima likin' BABBOY more each day. Even though he would probably like to kick my A$$.

Checkers for chicken gizzards. Flip the rest of those chicken houses.

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prospector 1 year, 8 months ago

The idea is band-aids for bullet wounds. Did you see which Amyx brother got one in front of their business? Not the one on the city commission.

I want me some Popeye's. Now.

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My_Life 1 year, 8 months ago

Me and Indyan ate dinner out a couple days ago. We ordered so much food that we couldn't begin to eat it all, so we got the leftovers put in cartons and go-bags. Well, when we saw those meters Indyan had a great idea. We left our bags of extra food there hanging on the meter so some poor hungry homeless folks could eat dinner while they were soliciting more funds at the same time. That way they don't have to take time out to go eat. One suggestion though, they should also install little refrigerators by the meters. We wouldn't want anyone to get sick eating spoiled leftovers.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 8 months ago

I noticed the guy who works for Walmart in Ottawa thinks it is a good idea. Would Walmart be obliged to put some meters in front of their stores?

Now then, 50 some dollars has come in so far. How long will that last Loring Henderson who speaks of thousands of dollars and millions. This idea is a joke and clearly reflects on the City Commission!

Did Loring Henderson hire the guy to sit in front of the meter? After all, that guy is not going to get the money from the meter?

Mayor Schumm should immediately have those meters removed. The community shelter has already gotten enough money and if folks who want to put money in the meters bad enough, they can go to the Shelter.

Do they take canadian coins and pesos? After all, English is a second language you know.

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Classof74 1 year, 8 months ago

I ain't givin' nuttin to nobody.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

Where is the meter to help out the Ladies at the Flamingo?!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

Where is the nearest Chick-fil-A? This brilliant marketing campaign has worked.
I feel like a chicken sammich today, and I abhor KFC and all it stands for.

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consumer1 1 year, 8 months ago

If you really want to generate funds for the homeless, have girls holding signs saying they will flash their goods for $5.00 then the money will roll in.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

Visitors or citizens putting 7 quarters per day into a 6 re-purposed parking meters just does not seem like a very efficient means of collecting donations.

People bitch about the United Way, but last year the United Way of Douglas County gave over $30,000 to the Lawrence Community Shelter. The United Way also gave funds to other organizations that also work to reduce homelessness, and those organizations work in collaboration with the Lawrence Community Shelter.

Or you can contribute directly to the Lawrence Community Shelter.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

"Does the lack of proper punctuation in these posts bother anyone else?" No, sheesh.

Why don't they just leave the Christmas bell ringers out 365 days instead of these meters?

Beerless ping pong........... sigh, I weep at the thought

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

Huzzzah! Babs is the epitome of brevity. spelling is for sissies anyway.

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BABBOY 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree with TOB. Posts on the internet are like post it memos. I am not going to waste time which is valuable to me on spelling and punctuation. ANyone who does just does not have that much going on in life.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 8 months ago

"Does the lack of proper punctuation in these posts bother anyone else?"

Not at all:

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

I saw that the ping pong competition in the Olympics was being done completely wrong....they had no beer.

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Scut Farkus 1 year, 8 months ago

All of you who think the homeless are primarily bums are either ignorant or totally insensitive to the plight of many of these folks. But that's OK. Live your life in solitude and forget about those who are less fortunate than you. It's becoming the American Way.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

6 meters collected $51.59 in 30 days.
It cost $1800 to install those 6 meters. (just installation, not the cost of the meters)

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faceit 1 year, 8 months ago

Does the money go for bus tickets?

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50YearResident 1 year, 8 months ago

The front page picture is worth a thousand words. The bum is sitting next to the meter to collect the donation directly. Don't bother to put the coin in the meter, just hand it over now, thanks. This is the reason the meter will not work to stem panhandling downtown. It will have an opposite effect.

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woodscolt 1 year, 8 months ago

Anytime anyone starts advocating that people actually help other people out,(god forbid, with their own money at that) it is a slippery slope. Next thing you know (literally only days later) were all communists.

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3up3down 1 year, 8 months ago

There used to be a day when a group of us pooled our money, bought them a bus ticket, told the driver not to let them off till the ticket destination, put them on the bus and waved good bye. Can we bring those days back??

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

But, but the homeless are the last of a tough breed of true pioneers with that tough pioneer spirit....or so one of them told me one time at the homeless coalition meetings. I was thinking of a different descriptor but I am afraid it might be deemed offensive under the terms of service. They don't need meters, they need bus tickets.

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Andini 1 year, 8 months ago

Will there be street musician meters soon?

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

They ought to have a "Tweaker Meter" so they could afford their drugs without to do home, auto & motorcycle thefts, thru unlocked doors, unchained bikes, etc..

We spend a fortune on their exploits & the "Tweaker Meter" might keep them to stoned to rob & steal from us.

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Damian666 1 year, 8 months ago

Every time someone feeds the meter, someone dies

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Ragingbear 1 year, 8 months ago

Anyone notice that 3 of the 4 people shown look like they are the same person from different points in time?

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labmonkey 1 year, 8 months ago

At least the people should get some entertainment for their money... how about bum cage matches in Lawrence.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 8 months ago

How about a meter for old people who have been bled to a slow financial death by schumm. Cromwell, forever dever, carter who wants to promote proper social behavior and Amyx. . How about a meter to collect and pay the commission and they can stay home and not even meet. I'll put a quarter in for that. Loring Henderson needs no more money. The meters are as dumb as a woman with a piece of chalk marking tires, If he homeless can have a meter why can't cars get metered?

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Jonathan Fox 1 year, 8 months ago

Does the money go to help pay for the millions of dollars we've dumped into the new homeless shelter?

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alcoholbliss 1 year, 8 months ago

Come on Lawrence a meter? Get with the times. Generate some bum funds from outside of Lawrence digitally http://www.chipin.com/

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

If memory serves correctly, this was another Cromwell special. It should go without additional comment that this is a really dumb idea.

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

All kinds of people ask for all sorts of money $ things, all of the time !

Hey, the Kook Brothers, could get a real job,..... instead of living off the middle class & the poor thru tax giveaways, etc..

Ditto for our Legislature & Governor who think that they run the UN or the worlds religions ! Unbelievable !

Big deal if the homeless ask for money !

Look at all of the fat cats that we support, as if they are "potentates"... as if they care or are useful to this world ......& couldn't be replaced by giant ticks !.

If aliens from the used to be planet of Pluto came and took Brownback & our Legislature away, i truly wouldn't notice it, unless i noticed the lack of stupidity in government, in the news..... & wondered why ?!

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OonlyBonly 1 year, 8 months ago

@Pace - You know most of those "panhandlers" are professionals, many of which are more than "able-bodied" and could work if they chose to do so? There is absolutely no justification for giving them money!

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pace 1 year, 8 months ago

Some never miss a chance to express hate for people. Some are so eager to express how they feel it does not bother them they seldom think. They even fail to realize their hate is seen by me as fear and cowardice. I think such haters lack both character and habit of thought. Some haters just fear ideas that are put forward as solutions. Their jello headed thought process are people should feel like they feel and do nothing but mean hearted and stupid acts, Because they really feel that way. Maybe their parents were thoughtless wads but I have seen such people come from good homes, good parents. At some point they are responsible for their voice and reasons and the quality of reason they present..I think they should put a meter up for people to help educate haters, many of them racists, to get a life. Maybe if real people with real lives interact with the haters , the haters will wake up and will focus on the character of a person rather than their check book. Destructive haters are more problem with our community than unemployed, under employed or homeless. The haters and the thoughtless are more damaging to our community than any bum. But this isn't specifically about Brownback. Good luck with the meter. I don't give money to pan handlers. If the same people hating the poor or homeless weren't the same people fighting the economic health of this country, praying the jobs crisis worsens so they can get their billionaires in office. Because all they see is the cash value of a person. Rich to them means smart, good. Some rich people are smart and good, some poor too. Some rich people are just crooks, some poor people too. I know it sounds old fashioned to speak of character and to suggest good argument rather than hate speech. It is how I roll.

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bniccole 1 year, 8 months ago

most stupid thing I have ever heard. are you serious? that is just ridiculous!

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Robert Burnham 1 year, 8 months ago

What's wrong with a job like the rest of us???

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rockchalker52 1 year, 8 months ago

I like it. Put a quarter in the meter & get 26 minutes to panhandle as much as you can.

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50YearResident 1 year, 8 months ago

The more you give, the more that will be required. This veiled approval of bums in Lawrence is going to come back and bite the city in the a$$. And it's not that far in the future either.

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g_rock 1 year, 8 months ago

Does that mean that the panhandlers congregate around it now? Is there a fence? And a bucket? Great idea. I'm glad you all spent time and effort on that.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

Great idea! Where in West Lawrence did they install it?

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